04/20/2015 17:39 EDT | Updated 06/20/2015 01:12 EDT

Alberta school boards scold education cuts, province says use cash reserves

EDMONTON - Some of the fastest growing school boards in Alberta are scolding the Progressive Conservatives when it comes to education spending cuts and their effect on students.The school boards sounding the alarm include the big public and Catholic boards in Calgary and Edmonton and others across the province.Helen Clease, president of the Alberta School Boards Association, warns budget cuts and a growing number of students will mean larger classes and fewer services.Clease says students should not have to again bear the brunt of a drop in the price of oil.In response, Education Minister Gordon Dirks says the school boards should tap their cash reserves to make up for the funding cuts.He says the spending cuts should be focused on administration, not the classroom.